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Director, School of Agriculture, Tenure-Track Faculty

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 5, 2023
Job Title

Director, School of Agriculture, Tenure-Track Faculty



University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Summary/Basic Function

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University seeks a visionary leader for the director position (#102005) of the School of Agriculture. Applicants must be eligible to meet the criteria for the rank of either associate professor or professor. Expedited tenure upon appointment is possible. The start date for the position is August 1, 2024.

Reporting to the dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the director will provide leadership to a vibrant and dynamic cohort of 24 faculty and staff and over 450 students in the School of Agriculture. The director will lead the vision and guide strategic planning and management of the academic programs, farm laboratories, and horse science center, with support from the farm laboratories director and horse science director. The director is expected to manage department budgets and attract external financial resources and partnerships. Additionally, the director is expected to demonstrate positive interaction with agricultural industries and governmental organizations at local, state, regional, and national levels. Finally, the director will teach courses within their discipline as needed and serve as the faculty advisor for the Agriculture Ambassadors.

MTSU seeks candidates committed to sustaining teaching excellence while expanding the research and outreach effort to fulfill the missions of an R2 institution. To learn more about our school, please visit

Required Education

A terminal degree in an area of agricultural science such as animal science, plant science, soil science, agricultural economics, agricultural education, or a closely related field is required.

Other Desirables

Applicants with administrative experience as a director, department chair, dean, etc., and those with human resource management and budget experience will receive special consideration.

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research or creative activities (as appropriate to the discipline) as separate attachments at the time of online application.

Special Instruction to Applicants

For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at .

If you need help applying, please contact Mitzi Dunkley, Faculty Recruitment Specialist, at (615) 898-5128. If you have position-specific questions, please contact Ron Henderson at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you must provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 11/04/2023

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